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A Fine Madness: Spike Jones

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One of the great comedy acts based on the American minstrelsy tradition, but with a decidedly white face.

Thanks to YouTuber SpikeJonesEstate

Life

Australian Variety Theatre Archive - Sixth Year Highlights (2016-2017)

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive (AVTA) is a research website devoted to popular culture entertainment in the Australasian region between circa 1850 and the mid-1930s. This year, 2017, marks its sixth year of publication. 1,074 more words

Vaudeville

Dissertation - Chapter 6 - Conclusion: Minstrel Passing into American Citizenship (1 of 5)

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Roshaunda D. Cade
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2009

CHAPTER 6

CONCLUSION: MINSTREL PASSING INTO AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP

This work explores how the performances of racial passing and blackface minstrelsy act as feminist vehicles of self-definition that lead slave mothers to American citizenship.  742 more words

Writing

Dissertation - Chapter 5 - Mulatta Mama in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson (7 of 7)

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Roshaunda D. Cade
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2009

Conclusion

Roxy asks Tom,

‘Ain’t you my chile?  En does you know anything dat a mother won’t do for her chile?  712 more words

Writing

Dissertation - Chapter 5 - Mulatta Mama in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson (6 of 7)

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Roshaunda D. Cade
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2009

This blackface scene also recalls the lesser-known tradition of black female blackface minstrel performers.  Black women, mostly very fair-skinned, in these performances subverted the “dominance of minstrelsy’s containment of the black female body as fixed, unmoving, and confined to the two categories of mulatta or mama,” or in Roxy’s case, “mulatta” and “mama” (Bean 181).   553 more words

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Dissertation - Chapter 5 - Mulatta Mama in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson (5 of 7)

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Roshaunda D. Cade
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2009

Twain does not reveal the blackface figure as Roxy until after he introduces the “black face under an old slouch hat” that startles Tom (Twain 105).  791 more words

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Dissertation - Chapter 4 - Motherhood and Deception in The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts (9 of 9)

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Roshaunda D. Cade
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2009

Hannah’s story ends very differently than it begins, but similarities exist.  The novel begins with Hannah as a sort of mammy – a foil to white womanhood and a surrogate mother to potentially countless black children.  885 more words

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